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Protecting Michigan’s trees

Asian longhorn beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) is stuck in the wood of a maple tree

ALPENA, Mich. — August is tree check month and as Michiganders spend time outdoors, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is asking you to do your part by helping protect Michigan’s trees.

Usually in late summer and early fall the Asian Longhorned beetles drill perfectly rounded 3/8 inch holes in trees.

According to USDA’s  Policy Manager, Paul Chaloux, the beetle feeds on maple, ash, birch, elm, poplar and other hardwood species.

The beetles are large with irregular white spots and black and white banded antennae

Spokesperson, Rob Miller, said public participation is key to early detection.

For more information or to report a sighting, you can visit